When the royal couple first met in the royal family box at Windsor Castle, they were given the name George VI and Elizabeth I. “When I first heard of that, I thought, ‘Oh, that’s not going to work,'” the Duke of Edinburgh told the BBC.
“I mean, who could possibly say ‘George’ or ‘I’m George’?” The Queen’s name has always been in doubt since she died in 1901, when she was just 36.
“The first time I saw George was at the unveiling of the Queen’s portrait,” she told the Guardian.
“It was a very important event.
And I remember I was very nervous.
But I knew that I had to get through it.”
The Queen is still revered by many in the UK, but the Duke says she’s not a “Queen-maker” and she doesn’t “really get the fuss”.
“I don’t think she’s the Queen-maker,” he said.
“She’s got a family, she’s got to take care of her family, and so on.
She doesn’t really get the attention that people think of her as.”